Spring 2018

90’s Babies

Group shot on and around a table in the bowling alley

It’s 2018. You know what that means: all 90’s babies are over 18. So, in honor of our last class of freshman born in the 90’s, we give you: 90’s nostalgia in the form of fashion and adorable baby photos.

Stephanie, Erin and Nancy

Jazz and Stephanie


Dina as a young child. In a purple top with lace detailing, a pink lace top and jeans

Dina in the arcade in jeans, black heeled boots and a pink top with lace detailing on the sleeves under a black lace sleeveless top

I’m a 90’s baby!

I was born in 1995 and I am glad to have been born in this year because there were so many fun things that I got to do in my childhood. In the 90’s we didn’t have cell phones to take pictures with like what kids today have, where they can get picture so easy by using their own phone.

I still remember that in order to get a family picture or a full body picture of me, my parents brought me and my siblings every Saturday night to the park close to my house and got talented photographers to take pictures of us.  It was fun for me because I could hangout with my parents at that time. I don’t have many pictures from my childhood, but I am glad that my mom still kept this picture of mine, which is the only one that I have that shows my childhood style. For this shoot, I wanted my outfit to be similar to my childhood outfit in this picture.

I’ve been looking for this outfit for two weeks before the Trendsetters shoot…hahaha

This is because I was just so excited about this 90’s shoot. After the first Trendsetters meeting, I went home and checked all my closets for clothes that match the outfit in this picture of mine. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything like that. I decided to go to the mall to shop. Finally, I ended up at Runway Fashion Exchange which is a thrift store in Missoula, MT. How lucky I am, when I got there, Runway Fashion was having a big sale and I got these 90’s style jeans for a dollar. I also got my belt and my shirt that look almost the same as my childhood photo from there, and they were $4 each.  I really love this 90’s style and I think I would like to keep this style for my personal style. This style for me just looks so amazing and I will wear more long pants jeans from now and in the future

Dina with her foot up on the ball rack with a rainbow ball in hand

Dina at the arcade game

Dina sitting on the bowling ball rack


Antonio in checkered sneakers, jeans with the cuffs rolled up, and a navy sweater over a navy, yellow and red flannel

Hello Trendsetters! I was so excited for this shoot and the location couldn’t have been better. Overall, my favorite part about the entire shoot was hanging out with everyone and actually bowling! I felt like a kid all over again and I was super happy to have gotten some stellar pictures out of it as well!

My outfit was inspired by some classic 90’s television, namely Saved by the Bell and Hey Arnold!. Both shows have such classic fashion, and I really wanted to wear a sweater over a colorful flannel. I was especially inspired by the bright, bold colors of the 90’s, and I think our photographer Aleks did a wonderful job capturing all of those arcade vibes.

Another interesting fact about my look is that it was all thrifted from Goodwill! I got every piece from a Goodwill back in Chicago where I’m from and I couldn’t be happier as to how well it all goes together. The sweater is by far my favorite part of the outfit because it just has so much personality all on its own, from the paneled sleeves to the custom embroidery, it really is a one- of-a- kind piece.

Overall, I think everyone looked incredible, and I hope that you all enjoy our outfits as much as we enjoyed putting them together! Thanks again, and Happy Trendsetting!

Antonio photographed through the glass of an arcade game, the lights reflecting onto him

Antonio in the arcade

Antonio in the arcade

Antonio smiling in a photo booth

Antonio looking at one of the arcade games


Marlena as a toddler on a porch with jack-o-laterns

Marlena as a small child in a blue and pink coat, pink hat, jeans and blue boots

Marlena sitting on the bowling ball rack in her described outfit

Ah wow this photoshoot made me totally nostalgic for the good old days of when I would actually wear sweatshirts that had insane color combinations on them and just sing along to Barney and Friends all day (but only for 30 minutes because I wasn’t allowed to have more TV time).

My outfit for this shoot was inspired by my love for purple (also again because of Barney) when I was little as well as the crazy colors I used to always wear, although the purple one I am wearing in these photos is a much milder version. I picked this super cute sweatshirt up while I was thrifting at Goodwill about a year or so ago. Something really made me love it and now I realize it’s because of my childhood. I paired the sweatshirt with some high waited pants that had a tiny bit of an acid wash pattern to make it feel even more 90s and went with wearing my good old Converse to complete the look.

Growing up during the 90s was sure an amazing and colorful adventure and it is crazy to me that this year could be our last batch of people who were born in the 90s… I’m so happy we decided to recreate this awesome time in our lives and see how much our styles have changed throughout the years, it was so so much fun!

Long live 90s babies!

Marlena playing one of the arcade games

Marlena leaning against the bowling ball rack

Marlena in the arcade


Nancy as a baby in an oversized tee shirt and baseball hat

Nancy sitting on the bowling ball rack

The 90s. While yes, we were all babies or toddlers in the 90s, this freshman class and next will be the last of those born in that iconic decade! Pretty sure I was the oldest 90s baby at this photoshoot, which makes me feel ancient! We decided to celebrate hair scrunchies, mom jeans, overalls, and chokers in the most 90s place we could dream up… the bowling alley and arcade!

I had to use this photoshoot as an excuse to break out my denim overalls from ASOS (not that I need an excuse to wear these babies). I wish they had a slightly slimmer leg so I wouldn’t feel quite so much like a farmer, but I’m still pretty in love with them. I paired them with some white knock-off converse from Target, a baseball tee from American Eagle, a flannel tied around my waist (also from AE), and a hair scrunchie!

Nancy playing one of the arcade games

Nancy lining up her shot at the bowling alley

An action shot of Nancy bowling

Nancy through the glass of the arcade game with the lights reflected across the glass

Nancy sitting holding a bowling ball

Nancy playing one of the arcade games


Aline as a very young child, around 5, holding a cat, she seems to be petting the cat but she's kind of choking it a bit

Aline and her sister Michelle sitting and smiling at the camera as young children

Aline in her described outfit, sitting on a table in the bowling alley sipping on a soda through a straw

The 90’s. What a time to be alive. At least I think it was. I was born in 1997 so I got a very limited idea of what the 90’s really were,but I do watch a lot of 90s television so from what I can tell the jeans were great, the slang ridiculous and the latin-pop music scene hotter than ever. Again, what a time to be alive. As far as fashion goes, I find that my own personal style is heavily influenced by the 90’s in my day to day life, so this shoot was a blast and a half. Big man sweater from an exchange store in Washington? Check. Mom jeans from Top Shop? Check. Plain, white Reeboks from Urban Outfitters? Check. Black belt I stole from my Dad when I was a senior in High School? Check. I’ve owned all of these things in my closet for the last year and have paired them together often. So when it came to putting an outfit together for this shoot I wanted to wear something less “costumey” and instead go for an outfit I wear in my daily life. So that’s my look. 90’s on, Grizzlies.

Aline bowling and lining up her shot

Aline watching the pins fall after she took her shot

Aline holding a bowling ball and smiling at her friends, out of frame

Aline leaning against one of the arcade games


Stephanie as a little kid, around 5, curly hair, pink barettes, pink top, denim jacket

Stephanie posing with a bowling ball. Denim jeans and jacket, light pink shirt, heeled black boots

Being a freshman in college that was born in the last year of the 90s is crazy to think about. I was just a baby when all of this fun fashion came to be. So for this fun 90s photo shoot I decided to wear my simple light pink tie up shirt with a jean jacket, both from American Eagle. I chose to wear my favorite dark blue jean jeggings from Dillard’s and my high black boot heels from H&M! 

Stephanie poses with an arcade game, you can see her black choker with a pendant on it and the straps of her light pink tank

Stephanie bowling


Erin laying down resting her head on the bowling balls in the rack.  Her outfit is described below

Ah yes, the 90s’. A simpler time, filled with snap bracelets and reruns of Saved by the Bell. I
love 90s’ fashion, and I love that 90s’ fashion trends are coming back in style. I never got to fully appreciate the windbreakers, chokers, and mom jeans of the 90s’ in all their glory.

I’ve found that the majority of my style now is heavily influenced by 90s’ fashion, so this shoot was so so fun! I love rocking some Baby Spice pigtails any day of the year, and this was no exception. It’s such a cute look and I’ll always be here for it. And scrunchies? Yes please!

I really tried to channel my inner Rachel Green with my outfit. I’m finally getting back into the Mom Jean trend. These ones, from American Eagle, are so cute and so flattering. The cut of a mom jean hugs curves and stays relaxed, and they are so comfortable too.

I’ve always been a big fan of layering my clothes. I think it’s such a cute look, and let’s face it, a black spaghetti strap/white sleeve combo is full on 90s’, how can you go wrong?

Erin bowling

Erin posing with one of the arcade games

Erin sitting on one of the driving arcade games

Erin posing on one of the arcade games


Jazz sitting in the bowling alley floor with her foot on top of a bowling ball. Her outfit is described below

Who doesn’t love 90s fashion? I feel like 90’s inspired fashion just keeps coming back year after year after year. I am a 90’s baby and very fond of (most) 90’s fashion so I was particularly excited about the theme of this shoot. I had a feeling a lot of people were going to go with the high waisted jeans and scrunchie type look, which is a lovely look I might add, but I wanted to go with a more 90’s grunge look because that more so fits my personal style. I’ve always enjoyed edgier looks. I like to dress (a lot) cooler than I actually am. For this outfit I went with my favorite black overall dress from H&M paired with this awesome yellow sweater thrift store find. Honestly, thrifting is one of my favorite things. You can find a lot of unique, not to mention cheaper, finds for your wardrobe. I also am wearing some ripped up heart design tights, also from H&M… I feel like sometimes I’m a walking H&M ad with how much of my wardrobe consists of their clothes these days. For shoes I went with some classic black converse – high tops of course! And lastly, it wouldn’t be a 90’s grunge look without a choker. There you have it folks, my 90’s grunge look! I feel like this look is super fun with a little bit of edge!

Jazz posing against one of the purple walls of the arcade

Jazz lining up her shot at the bowling alley

Jazz bowling

Jazz photographed through the glass of an arcade game


Saige as a toddler. She wears a green fuzzy sweater, a pair of velvet pants that are green and flowered, brown socks, a Teletubbies swim suit layered over top, a white sun hat and holds a single purple tennis shoe

Saige getting ready to bowl in her described outfit

Oh the 90’s. One of the best style eras so far, in my opinion. There are so many pieces that came out of this time that I freakin’ love still today.  My favorite 90’s piece that I have are my mom jeans, which I got from Goodwill. Mom jeans are the best jeans, don’t try to fight me on that because you will lose. For this shoot I paired my jeans with a multicolored sweater I got from Target. Along with this I wore my favorite white Superga sneakers which I also bought at Target. To me, having only been a young kiddo back in the days of the 90’s, this outfit reminded me of the fun colorful outfits I used to wear all the time as a kid. This look is comfortable and functional while still looking cute. The 90’s were a wonderful time for fashion and I hope the trends from that time stick around for much longer. #90sbaby5ever

Saige choosing a bowling ball from the rack

Saige holding her bowling ball, laughing

Saige bowling


Greer as a toddler, playing in the mud, with dirt and mud on her face

Greer as a baby, held by a smiling woman

Greer as a toddler, in a shirt, socks and diaper, sprawled out on a comfy chair with a bottle

Greer standing on top of an arcade game, turning her head so her hair whips around

I am all about the 90’s look that’s coming back! I think everyone has a few pieces in their wardrobe that they could wear to rock the 90s look! For this look I went with a collared button up dress that I got from a thrift store! I get all the Rachel Green feels in this dress and I love it! I picked it up at thrift store but it originally was from Gap. I threw over a vintage Levi’s jacket that I got at a flee market in Paris! You can find these denim jackets at lots a of thrift shops. Denim is just so perfect for 90’s so I had to add it in this look. I put on my Adidas tennis shoes. I would have gone with Keds but I don’t own any so I worked with what I had! I didn’t have a lot of pictures from the 90’s because I was born in ‘98 so these are a few from my short two years in the 90’s!

Greer playing one of the arcade games

Greer resting against one of the arcade games

Greer sitting on one of the arcade games, photographed from above

Group photo on one of the tables in the bowling alley, everyone smiling

Spring 2018

Men’s Fashion Tips

Thomas, black leather jacket, gray tee shirt, brown and black flannel, black skinny jeans

By Thomas Gruner, Trendsetter Alumnus

Ah, men’s fashion. It’s almost like the awkward forgotten step-child sometimes. Honestly, when you think of fashion in most senses, like retailers, bloggers, etc., they’re almost all centered around women. Not many places, except for a select few(especially in MT) offer quality men’s clothing. Sure, taking a trip to Target or H&M can be easy for men, but they hold mostly basics. I always look for more than just the average denim and T-shirt, but then again, I’m told I’m rather extra sometimes. So I guess it really all comes down to your personal style/personality.

But hey, for all you guys who are looking for something a little more than a basic T-shirt and straight fitting jeans, here’s my top 10 tips for men’s fashion:

Know your fit & size!

Full photo, including Thomas' brown lace up shoes

The most important thing ever! You never want something that doesn’t fit well, it could give off a little too much hobo, and not enough chic. Make sure you keep it what you want too! I personally like a nice skinny denim, but can still go with a straight leg pant(depending on the mood) and I always go for a slim fit top because I personally prefer things to be fitted.

Play around with layers.

Close up of Thomas' layers, the gray textured shirt, the brown and gray flannel and the leather jacket

I LOVE layering, which shows in just about any of my outfits! Layers can be a comfortability thing, but also just a straight up statement. Never be afraid to throw an extra piece on top to bring an outfit to the next level. Whether it be a nice light jacket, flannel, or cardigan, it can always be added!

Know which colors work best for you.

Thomas smiling

For example, if you have light hair and light complexion, getting away with a super light color(besides basic neutrals) can be tough. With my dark hair, and decently pale complexion, I’ve found that earthy tones, more into the greens, work best for me. And just remember, black is always a safe one and you can NEVER wear too much of it.

Variety, variety, variety!

Yes, that’s surprising coming from me, because I’ve gotten very comfortable with my easy black jeans and boots. But let me tell you, when I’m feeling adventurous, and I branch out into a nice blue denim and play around with tops, it’s like a breath of fresh air!

Don’t be afraid to venture into different styles!

Thomas smiling, leaning against a fence

I mean, there’s just so many out there! Especially if you don’t know your personal style yet, play around. And when you do find it, don’t get too comfortable with it(i.e. me currently). The best part about fashion is being able to dress like a new person everyday.

Know the season.

Now, this sounds a little silly, because it’s more of retailer thing, but it’s always nice to have current colors and trends! For example, you have the fun bright colors of spring, then you get into the paler tones for summer, throw some burnt reds and earthy tones in around fall, and finally all the deep blues and darker tones for winter!


This is more of a personal preference, but organize your wardrobe. Being one who is not only a neat freak sometimes but also having worked full time in fashion retail, I organize my closet almost weekly, and pack up things I don’t necessarily need(by season). I always go by sleeve length, so I can just go down the  line and pick up my layers, and then I also have style with style. For example, basic tees, then graphic tees, then textured tees, etc. It might be overboard, but hey, it’s easy when I wake up half an hour late and have to put together a decent outfit in two minutes.

Explore new stores!

Don’t be afraid to go places you wouldn’t typically think of for shopping. I’m a huge believer in thrifting so I go to Goodwill and other local thrift shops weekly to pick up nice finds. Not only is thrifting fun, but you can save a lot of money. Some of my nicest shoes have come from the local goodwill, or other thrift stores. My best find is a pair of $250 Oxfords I snagged for $6, and then one of my favorite pair of suede Chelsea boots, originally $129 that I got for $4. Sure, they’re used, lightly for the most part, but it honestly adds character!

Gender? Oh, I don’t know her…

Real talk though, all of my pants, except for maybe three pairs, have come from my work, Maurices, which is a women’s retailer. Really don’t be afraid to branch out a little. Like, a sweater is a sweater, pants are pants, shoes are shoes. Whatever your comfortability level may be, blue jeans are just blue jeans, and if you want a little more, androgyny never hurt anybody.

Have fun!

Of course, as everybody says, have fun with YOUR style! Fashion is fun, clothes are fun, colors are fun, so play around and kill it! Don’t be afraid to add that extra layer, or that last minute accessory, or add a little bit of edge to your style.

Thomas looking down

We need some more men’s fashion here in Montana, so many people treat it as taboo here. Sounds dramatic but I can’t even describe the looks I get sometimes. Like when they see it, they treat it as some unknown language. So seriously, branch out a little guys. I doubt you’ll regret it. An overall tip is to just look into some men’s fashion bloggers, they’re professionals at this whole thing, and I’m sure you’ll find something/somebody you can relate to.


Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography